Civic Engagement

In government by the people, what if the people aren’t who they say they are?

Public comment processes are supposed to promote government of the people, by the people and for the people. So what happens when the people aren’t who they say they are?

37th Annual Parker Lecture Honorees Underscore the Importance of “Remembering Our Stories”

Three media justice advocates stressed the importance of retelling stories—and telling them accurately—at the 37th Annual Everett C.

A Broken System Helped the FCC Kill Net Neutrality. It Afflicts the Whole Government.

It is clear that the online comment system at the Federal Communications Commission, and very likely other public agencies, is easily exploitable and likely broken to the point that it’s causing more harm than good.

Cities track citizens' sentiment through social media

Monitoring social media feeds is a common practice for major brands and companies trying to keep up with consumer sentiment and tastes.

Selected Agencies Should Clearly Communicate Practices Associated with Identity Information in the Public Comment Process

Members of Congress asked the Government Accountability Office to review issues related to identity information associated with public comments on proposed rulemakings.

Tim Berners-Lee's 'contract' to protect and strengthen web is taking shape

Back in Nov 2018, as the web was turning 30, it's creator, Tim Berners-Lee, announced that he wanted people to help him put together a "contract for the web" that would help strengthen and protect it for generations to come.

Trust and Distrust in America

Many Americans see declining levels of trust in the country, whether it is their confidence in the federal government and elected officials or their trust of each other, a new Pew Research Center report finds.

Knight Foundation Invests $50 Million to Develop New Field of Research Around Technology's Impact on Democracy

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a commitment of nearly $50 million in research to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and the way we receive and engage with information.


Blandin Foundation

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 09:00 to Thu, 10/10/2019 - 17:00

Broadband access today is as varied as communities across Minnesota. Some enjoy a gig, others are working hard for any service, and the rest are somewhere in between. This conference is for all communities, regardless of where they are on the spectrum – because we’ve learned that having broadband isn’t enough. It takes inspiration, encouragement and guidance to reap the full benefits. We’ll be talking about how to make the most of what you’ve got and/or get more.

This year’s conference will shine a light on local broadband heroes as well as look at several aspects of broadband:

Public Highly Critical of State of Political Discourse in the US

Large majorities say the tone and nature of political debate in the US has become more negative in recent years – as well as less respectful, less fact-based and less substantive.